Check Mate

Check MateCheck Mate

by Kim Larsen

Daniel 7:13,14 says, “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming in the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom. That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.” Hope! We need to have some of it at this moment in history before the events of the world destroy our peace!

I ran across this verse yesterday while I was researching another topic and could not get it out of my mind, so we must dig a little deeper. By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruin brought through sin. It was Satan’s intent to bring about an eternal separation between God and man: but in Christ we become more closely united to a God than if we had never fallen. In taking our nature, the Saviour has bound Himself to humanity by a tie that is never to be broken. We have a Saviour who is closer than a brother. This reminds me of an ongoing argument that my niece and I had, my sister being 25 years older than myself, had children that were my age. We would bicker just like siblings and one of our most bickered about topics was who was closer to my sister, me, a sister or her the daughter. I know it sounds ridiculous, but remember this was long before cell phones and wifi. We had nothing else to do but talk to each other and had no way of googling it! It wasn’t until much later in life that we were laughing about it and someone said, that’s an easy question sisters share more DNA than offspring . Sisters are closer!! We have a Saviour who is also our brother. Can you even imagine this? God gave us His very own Son to become one of us. A human. Can you see the enemy desperate to take the life of Jesus as a baby, and certainly before He could give up His life for us at the cross? And when he was crucified, Satan thought for a moment that he had won , only to realize that the battle had been won by Christ. Check! And when he rose from the dead, Check! Micah 4:7 says, “I will make the lame a remnant and the outcast a strong nation so the Lord will reign over them in mount Zion.”

Satan in his efforts to deceive and tempt our race had thought to frustrate the divine plan in man’s creation but Christ now asks that this plan be carried into effect as if man had never fallen. He asks for His people not only pardon and justification full and complete, but a share in His glory and a seat upon His throne!

Oh the love and mercy of the God that we serve, we certainly don’t deserve it, but I’m so thrilled that He has promised it. Checkmate!

Published by The Bible In Your Hand

Hi, I am Pastor Lester Bentley, a devoted husband, father, and Pastor for the Northeastern Wyoming District of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. I am committed to the great gospel commission as stated in Matthew 28:19, 20.

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